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Challenge Program on Water and Food: Limpopo Basin Development Challenge (LBDC)

Limpopo Project 4: Water governance

Project Lead Organization:
WaterNet
www.waternetonline.org
WaterNet L4 Project Page

Duration:
2010 - 2013
Consortium partners:
International Center for Water Economics and Governance in Africa (IWEGA) International Center for Water Economics and Governance in Africa (IWEGA)
www.iwega.org
International Water Management Institute - South Africa (IWMI) International Water Management Institute - South Africa (IWMI)
www.iwmi.cgiar.org
University of Zimbabwe University of Zimbabwe
www2.uz.ac.zw
Mzingwane Catchment Council Mzingwane Catchment Council
University of the Western Cape University of the Western Cape
www.uwc.ac.za
  Zimbabwe National Water Authority
Case studies sites in:
Botswana Botswana
Mozambique Mozambique
South Africa South Africa
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Contact information:
Project Leader:
Dr Jean-Marie Kileshye-Onema |
Background:

As Southern Africa moves toward integrated water resources management across basins, like the shared Limpopo, institutional, policy and legal implications emerge which will have profound effects on water users. Given that all water uses - from agriculture to domestic and industrial - are mediated by some type of water management institution, these structures are central to water as a key to poverty reduction.

Objective:

L4 will conduct basin-wide, cross-scale institutional analysis incorporating biophysical, social, economic and political elements of water governance. This approach allows identification and analysis of power differences based on socio-economic status, gender and ethnicity, known to significantly impact access to and control of water resources.

Output:

This project focuses on access to and control of water and land resources, and associated management and governance mechanisms with greater attention given to small water infrastructure. It emphasizes a trans-disciplinary and integrated approach to the management of blue and green water at various hydrological, administrative and jurisdictional scales and levels. It will examine 1) how formal and informal institutional arrangements affect access to water, and influence outcomes of interventions in the basin 2) the extent to which various institutions are effectively coordinated, and able to facilitate participation of various stakeholders, 3) the relationship between biophysical and socio-economic domains and how these have been into account in decision making, and 4) short and long term impacts of interventions on household livelihoods and communities.

The project will develop four main outputs:
  1. A diagnostic for understanding and organising access rights to water for multiple uses, from farm level to basin and regional level.
  2. A method for organizing technologies for different physical and socio-economic contexts to improve management and control of water for multiple uses from multiple sources.
  3. A suite of policy and legal options to support agriculture-based livelihoods in which water plays a vital role.
  4. A set of institutional arrangements appropriate for different classes of smallholder farmers including resource poor, women farmers, and disadvantaged groups.
WaterNet in CPWF Phase I

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